Monday, July 7, 2008

Chiaroscuro II @ Jalan Bedara

The answer is a 16-hour roasted pork cheek served with grandma vegetables and cherry tomato wild rocket salad.

The occasion? Do you need one?

Well that night we were being very logical, celebrating for a proper reason and indulging in a good meal to celebrate a friend's birthday.

We even had a menu, just for her. The freshly baked bread that was served played an important role in the appetizers that came rolling out in huge portions to share.

The Grilled Octopus "Bruschetta" was chewy and the lemon gave it a nice refreshing zest to it.

The sauteed clams venetian style, got us all drooling with the generous amounts of white wine used to cook this simple dish. Coupled with the huge chunks of white bread, soaking up the sauce with the seafood essence on one hand, and the other hand scooping the huge clams up, what more can you ask for?

Just when you thought you need a break from the bread, the thinly shaved mixed selections of cold cuts including parma ham, salami and etc served with rock melon and pineapple, got us reaching for the bread again.

The pickles was at the extremely sour side and mainly left untouched, although after a piece, you do feel perked up and energized to charge at more food.

Almost hitting a roadblock, with the mains yet to come, we were impressed with the portions served. After all, it is meant to be fine dining no? Well Andrea and Carol wanted us to feel like we were having a nice homey italian meal, food more then enough to go around and lots of chit chatting with red wine to match.

So when the Duet of Pasta came, some put on a brave face as they knew the roast cheeks was tempting them while crackling in the oven.

The first of the two, home made hand cut black ink taglierini with cherry tomato and cuttle fish ragout. The tangy tomatoes was the dominant flavour without the evident paste to go with it. I found it refreshing before digging into the ravioli.

The crabmeat ravioli on the other hand was heavier in flavour with mascarpone cheese sauce. Topped with chives and keta caviar, although the crab meat did not really shine, i could only imagine what i would do with the sauce; more bread!

Of course, another photo to end the happy ending.

By the end of the meal, we were all happy and jolly, stuffed to the brim and had plenty more to take away which ended in my bagels the following day.

Definitely a place to hold a function, whether for a group of 4 or in our case 14.

Kudos to Carol for helping me out come up with a menu and getting everything sorted out magically.

Address and contact details:

Refer to my first visit

My rating definitely stays at 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Did i mention that all the food was RM80 nett? Of course per pax lar.

25 comments:

zewt said...

too much pork... :) not exactly for me... sigh...

mh said...

the roast potatoes...which I get to bring home, was gobbled up within 5 mins. I just popped it into the oven to reheat it...and it still taste as good!!

CUMI & CIKI said...

ok that does it.. after so many favorable reviews.. i must eat here.. by the way, i love the way you took photos of the black ink taglierini, and the ravioli, in turn - tres tres cool:)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

zewt: moderation..one slice at a time..no rush..

mh: isit? haha i had roast pork cheek bagels! ohh lala..

c&c: hahah each pasta must b patient n let them take the spot light one at a time rite?

Nic (KHKL) said...

RM80 nett is a steal, given the quality and quantity of food...must gather a few foodies for this already! hehehe....

SuLee said...

crispy roasted pork skin crunching in my mouth, can you hear?

EVIL JOE!! my desk is wet with my saliva!

jason said...

How to pronounce the name ah?

Precious Pea said...

Yes lor..how you pronounce the name?

daphne said...

goodness me.. i'm very hungry now.

fatboybakes said...

eh, nipples, how much for corkage?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

fbb: haha an outrageous rm50 (but again carol said depending on number of bottles)..might as well get their housewine lor @ rm105

daphne: quick quick..go lunch!

pp: CHIA RO SCU RO ?

jason: u wait for the person to mention the name 1st..haha b4 u speak

sulee: lets hope got some cloth nearby

nic: i am always there..but dis month damn broke liao..

New Kid on the Blog said...

this is like can see cannot touch kinda feeling!!! [sigh]

Jun said...

rm80 sounds reasonable-- it makes the rm50 corkage sound ridiculous :/

550ml jar of faith said...

Oh me. Oh my. Is it just me or is that crispy pork skin off the cheek? Magnificent!

tigerfish said...

Grilled Octopus "Bruschetta" ...roasted pork cheek, clams....

Yearning for them, right now!

Henry Yeo said...

for being the first one to guess the pork cheeks, can i get your commitment to do a kaiseki with me?

wmw said...

You are indeed a Porketeer! :o)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

wmw: of course..

henry: haha technically babe answer b4 u did..as much as i want to try out that kaiseki..i only can after july 28..am so BROKE..

tigerfish: i m sure u can whip those out rite now!

550ml: its the latter..u r not dreaming!

jun: yes it does kind of, doesnt it?

new kid: when u come dwn to kl, you can not only touch but eat!

Lore said...

Are you kidding me? Of course I'm craving. Especially the roasted pork, the octopus bruschetta and the raviolli. DROOL!

babe_kl said...

hmmm so technically i get a prize for guessing it right? no need spend me kaiseki, pork cheeks will do hehehe

mimid3vils said...

RM80.00 nett or all the food or per dish? Btw where is Jln Bedara?

ling239 said...

the roasted pork cheek looks to die for leh....>.<"

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ling239: tats y i die d and reborn liao..

mimi: for all food! excluding wine la..jln bedara is behind istana hotel..and i mean RIGHT BEHIND..

babekl: haha my original post also nvr mention got prize? got meh?

lore: haha thats is what my blog is all about..cravings!

kampungboycitygal said...

omg so near to my office..must persuade my colleagues liao

PenangTuaPui said...

can someone help me here?

can you all.....?

ship Grilled Octopus "Bruschetta" to address below.

PenangTuaPui
1234, Lebuh TuaPui, 11700 Penang.

AS i am VERY VERY HUNGRY NOW!!!!!!

dun ask me to come to this site again... i will get addicted one ............ :(